Passion for Sport posts weekly devotionals for the opportunity for spiritual reflection on a sporting theme.

The author, Brian Pearson (right), was a qualified soccer referee and is a registered cricket coach and senior umpire; he offers his thoughts as someone with a passion for sport and a passion for his faith.

Devotional 1: Achieving Excellence

Devotional 2: It's all over - or is it?

Devotional 3: How serious is that?

Devotional 4: So what motivates you?

Devotional 5: Disaster and despair
transformed

Devotional 6: When the dream is shattered

Devotional 7: Heading for the finish line

Devotional 8: Better – and better still

Devotional 9: No pain; no gain

Devotional 10: Who'd have thought it

Devotional 11: The let down and the pick up

Devotional 12: No place to go

Devotional 13: Tell it as it is

Devotional 14: Thanks for what? 

Devotional 15: I wonder

Devotional 16: Glory be!

Devotional 17: Now that's encouraging

Devotional 18: Do you understand?

Devotional 19: Looking for inspiration

Devotional 20: Trying to be humble

Devotional 21: Fair enough

Devotional 22: Taking one for the team

Devotional 23: Capturing the moment

Devotional 24: Glorious anticipation

Devotional 25: So close

Devotional 26: There must be another way

Devotional 27: Hang in there

Devotional 28: Crowd control

Devotional 29: Don't be anxious

Devotional 30: Vocation

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.